Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Isn't this a gorgeous cover?! Can't
wait to see the next one!
This is the third book in the Tiger's series, and I've blogged about the first book, Tiger's Curse, and the second one, Tiger's Quest, a few months ago (click the title of the books to see those posts!).

I love this series! And to top it off, this is the author's debut series! She's amazing and I can't wait for the next book to come out (sometime in 2012). According to Goodreads, there are now 5 books to this series, instead of 4 like I originally thought.

Okay, so if you went to look at my previous reviews, you would have saw that I was conflicted about Kelsey - during this book, I had no such feelings toward her. I actually think she was an amazing character and is starting to slowly find herself through these quests with the two princes.

I was also conflicted on which guy I would have chosen if I were Kelsey... This is still a main theme of Tiger's Voyage and Kelsey still hasn't figured out exactly what she wants - or who she wants I should say.

However, I completely understand why she can't choose that easily. Both princes are so different from one another and complete Kelsey in two different ways. I have my guess on who Kelsey would pick, but I definitely know who I would pick: Kishan. He's more quiet, reserved, and observant than Ren is, but Kelsey also likes to talk, ask questions, and read poetry, which is a que for Ren for sure.

During this book, both Ren and Kishan are traveling with Kelsey to fulfill the next mission to gain the prince's wish to be fully human. Throughout this quest, all 3 of the characters are going to meet 5 dragons, who will test each character in different ways for Kelsey and the 2 princes to find the Druga necklace.

Each dragon made each character realize something about themselves, making these tasks harder than say, killing a dragon. We also saw some of Lokeish's evil plans and how his overall goal has changed from the beginning of the first book. Instead of wanting to kill the princes, he now wants to have all of the power than anyone - and to do that, he thinks Kelsey is the key!  Didn't the 3 of them already have enough problems? Now they have to worry about one more!

Houck leaves us suspended with a cliffhanger at the end of this book (doesn't she always?!) and I'm unsure when the next book, called Tiger's Destiny, will come out. I'll be anxiously waiting for it, though, because I want to know what happens on the final quest to humanize the princes and the choices Kelsey will make between Ren and Kishan!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Beautiful, amazing cover. Love it!
Aaaahhh!!!!!! Nora and Patch just can't catch a break! Okay... on to the review:

Right in the beginning of Silence the reader finds out that Nora was found in a cemetery with no memory of how she got there, what day it was, or... anything! We come to find out that Nora has been missing for 3 months and has lost her memory of the last 5 months - the time where Hush Hush began. So, really, Nora has no idea who Patch is! And no one is talking about him! It's as if he never existed, except Nora keeps having visions of the color black.

Throughout this novel, we follow Nora while she starts to slowly.... very slowly... remember what has happened in the last 5 months and what has happened in the fallen angel world.

It was a great novel, don't get me wrong. I just want Patch and Nora to have about 50 pages in a novel that are NORMAL. Where they can be happy, joyous, TOGETHER, and not have something keep them apart from one another.

Eventually Nora got her memories back and found Patch, creating some scenes into the story that I was happy with. But with this ending, I can tell that Nora and Patch's relationship are in for a rough ride when Fitzpatrick writes her next novel in the series. I'm just hoping that with the situation of Nora and Patch that they will be working together rather than trying to avoid the other one to protect one another. We've had enough of that, now we want to see them as a couple!

Overall, love this book and the character/plot advancements. The author definitely left room to continue the story and make it great with the concepts already stirring between all of the key characters. I'm not sure when the next book comes out, but go read these 3 very quick reads before that happens!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

In this second book of the Hush Hush series, Fitzpatrick leads the readers into Nora and Patch's life after a startling cliff hanger. At first, everything seems to be going well for Nora and Patch. They are dating and have had no life or death moments for 2 months. Seems simple right? Of course not.

When Nora professes her love to Patch, things start to go downhill very quickly. Patch starts to avoid being with Nora and instead is seen hanging out with her arch nemesis Marcie. Because of that, Nora tells Patch that they are over with - that she doesn't want to be or see him again.

Then, Nora slowly starts to find out what really happened to her father a year ago, and what that means for her in the present time. In other words: she's back in the life or death situation.

I was conflicted about this novel. I LOVED Hush Hush. Love it. And I was expecting amazingness from this book... But Nora just seemed a bit whinny. Granted, if I had to go through what Patch put her through, I would be royally ticked off. But at the same time, what Fitzpatrick tried to make as Nora going off on her own and sticking to her morals about the way Patch treated her just didn't quite make it there and actually made Nora... an annoying girl that guys try to stay away from.

When Nora found out the whole story of why Patch did what he did, she understood right away and the drama was gone. She just waited 300 pages to finally stop complaining long enough to hear what Patch had to say...

I think as a strong willed female character, Nora did exactly what she was supposed to. As a girlfriend in a relationship where trust is involved, she definitely failed. I'm hoping that the situation where the cliffhanger in Crescendo leaves the reader will be resolved in the 3rd book, along with some character building where Nora is concerned.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I'm going to do a quick overview of Hush Hush, one of my all time favorite young adult novels written by Becca Fitzpatrick. I've read this book about 5 times and now I'm reading the 3rd book that just came out Silence, but I wanted to give you an idea of the setting and subject of this series when I review the 2nd and 3rd books.

Hush Hush is about a girl, Nora, who is a junior in high school and lives a normal life. At least, it was normal before she started getting attention from the transfer student in her science class, Patch. Then things started to get a little interesting and dangerous (not particularly in a good way either).

See, Patch is a fallen angel. He lost his wings years ago and now he's set his eyes on Nora to get those wings back. This isn't the lovey-dovey attention either. Instead, Nora is part of a blood line that will inadvertently help Patch get the goal he's set out to get. I'm not going to tell you how she's supposed to help him - you can go read it for yourself to find out :-)

Along the way of getting Nora to do what Patch wants, though, comes trouble for Patch. See, he's a pretty elusive guy who wants everyone to think that he's a "tough, bad" guy. Then he starts to admire Nora.... And then he starts to feel attracted to her. Also, keep in mind that while Patch has one perception of himself, he's really good looking and mysterious to others, making him very easy to be attracted to her...

And boy do those scenes do justice for the Chemistry they have (and let me just say that science?! Enough of Twilight scenes... thank goodness this has nothing to do with vampires!)

Okay, I think that's the amount I'm going into for Hush Hush. It's an amazing book and I'm rereading the second book Crescendo for the newest installment, so keep an eye out for a new post soon!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Even though this book, The Iron Knight, is about Ash with Ash's point of view, I have to say: I LOVE Puck and Grim. Just love them. Without them, I wouldn't have laughed the 100 times I did throughout this novel. (Okay it might not have been 100 times, but it was a lot!)

(By the way, Puck is a trickster faerie and Grim is a cat, a cait sith, in the novel - so now I hope the following quote will make sense to those who haven't read this series yet)

I'm going to give one excerpt to try to make you understand why I love them so much. It describes Puck's and Grim's personality throughout the 300+ pages in this novel:

...then [I] stepped onto the platform near the back, grabbing the long wooden pole. As Puck entered, looking pensive, I nodded at Grimalkin, still sitting on the barrel. 'You coming or not, cait sith?'
He gave the raft a dubious glance, curling his whiskers. 'I suppose I must if I wish to see you to the End of the World.' Standing, he tensed his muscles to leap off the barrel, but hesitated, narrowing his eyes. 'Although, I will issue this one warning. If I end up in the river because some idiot decides to rock the boat-- he flattened his ears at Puck, who gave him a wide-eyed look of innocence '-I know severel witches who would be happy to bring down a particularly potent curse on said idiot's head.'
 LOVE IT!!! Okay, I'm over my obsession of Puck and Grim! On to the review!

Kagawa did an amazing job with this novel. I loved the ending of The Iron Queen accepting the fate that lead each character to her ending. However, I much prefer this ending to the series because everyone gets a final ending to their story. This story helped tie up loose ends that fans wanted answers to, wrapping up the story very well.

I did miss Meghan, as I'm used to her narrating the story in the last 3 novels, but Ash was a great character to choose for this novel. Ash was always a mystery to me, which was why I loved him. He always kept his emotions under wraps, never letting anyone know what he was really feeling, so this was a great narration that I finally understood where Ash was coming from.

The only thing I think could make this series even better is if we had a book written in Puck's view point - to have each of the characters really tell the reader what they feel and how they go through life with the memories they have like Ash did throughout The Iron Knight. However, it's not necessary because I had Puck's everlasting impression throughout this novel, showing me things that I was able to uncover through Ash's eyes.

Overall, great, GREAT book. I believe (but don't quote me on this) that the series is completed! So now you can start and finish this series in one sitting ;-) starting with The Iron King, Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer's Crossing, and The Iron Knight.

...So what are you waiting for?! Go into the fairy world Kagawa created! Go on, you'll thank me later ;-)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Great Month of November

So far, I'm loving November! I've gotten 3 books that continue amazing series that I read (even though I had to wait forever for them) and now I have the tough decision of what to read first and if I want to read the beginning of the books in the series. Tough life, I know ;-)

Here are the three books I've bought and will be reviewing soon in the future after I've read them:

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for-and their love-forever. (From Goodreads)

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: My name-my True Name-is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. 

And I am dead to her. 

My Fall began, as many stories do, with a girl...

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing gentler feelings the Winter Prince might have had. Or so he thought. (From Goodreads)

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck: With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections-leaving Kelsey more confused than ever. 

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, Tiger's Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse. (From Goodreads) 

Okay, off to start my great new books! Reviews to come soon, after zipping through these books! Yay!